About expectations and required composition classes

Writing I and Writing II are required as part of the gen-eds, a fairly normal thing for all universities. This universal requirement means that students who fear writing or who simply do not value writing as a part of their future must take it anyway. Enforced education is problematic and leads to resistance. I could […]

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About DMAC

As usual, I hate how I look in photos and video, but this is a good interview video, taken at the Digital Media and Composition Institute. I wholeheartedly recommend their summer institute for any writing teacher who seeks more innovative teaching in 21st century literacies.

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More LMS review

After the great Moodle breakdown last semester, I had to scramble to find something to replace it that did not require me to do the upkeep. The one-click options that remained with my host were not going to work. Canvas has changed its terms. I’m probably doing too much for an edublog to satisfy me […]

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Meme sample 4 for Writing II

Posted by Purple Clover on Saturday, December 26, 2015 This is a popular meme, one that I was ready to share with others on Facebook or Twitter, which is a primary measure of whether a meme works or not. This one works. For those creating their own meme for Writing II, it is not a good […]

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Meme example 3 for Writing II

This is one of several meme images  out there purporting to be screenshots of texts, Facebook profiles, or Twitter pages that are carefully constructed to present the person in a non-neutral, heavily female-identified way. This is not women as women see themselves necessarily, but it very much is women as how women are commonly portrayed in […]

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Meme example 2 for Writing II

Posted by Ben Richards on Friday, December 18, 2015 Once again, this sample is from Facebook, but this time with an identified user, Ben Richards. The strength here is the strong optimism of the text contrasted by the dismal conclusion, supported by the iconic figure of Cthulhu, who is most optimistic about his/its destroying practices. Villains […]

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Meme example for Writing II

Since I will be putting together a meme assignment for ENG 310, I’m going to need examples. I will add them here with a little analysis to show how the meme works, how it persuades. So much involves pop culture references, which tap into deep knowledge that students already have. I thought this would take […]

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The Meme: A composition research paper assignment

This is the time of semester when I should be grading, grading, grading, but as a result of that grading I also find myself reflecting about the assignments given and how to improve the assignments for the next time I teach a course. I regularly teach ENG 310: Writing II for Graduate and Professional Schools. […]

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Yes, Pinterest

This is a  post for English 704; Teaching Writing Online, and it may be a brief one. I want to make sure writing teachers think about social media as more than just social, even the ones that are so highly gendered at this point that the idea of an educational use for them seems laughable. […]

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